The Courage to Begin Again…

Thursday August 1 2013 4:48 pm | Comments (0) Tags: , ,

Hello Friend,

I wondered about you today. Are you enjoying these lazy days of summer?

We had a fabulous vacation at a Joni and Friends Family Camp in Murietta, California. We spent time with my California Devine cousins and even took in a day at Disneyland. I’ll post about that over the weekend.

Now I’m feeling called to write again. It is scary.

The past two years have been focused on the book I wrote with my son Gabe. We published it on April 13, 2012. It has been a fun journey of promoting this book and traveling with Gabe as he shares his message of HOPE with thousands of people.

My Message is C.L.E.A.R. - Hope and Strength in the Face of Life's Greatest Adversities

My Message is C.L.E.A.R. – Hope and Strength in the Face of Life’s Greatest Adversities

If you haven’t read it yet, it is available on Gabe’s website at

We’ve traveled to schools and churches where he has shared his courageous story of living in his unusually formed body. He is gearing up for the fall speaking season. If your school district needs a dynamic speaker, contact him for more information.

Now it’s time to have courage to begin again.

My next writing project is taking Gabe’s story a step further and creating a character development curriculum.

Next week I will be teaming up with some amazing teachers to chart out the lessons to help young students develop characteristics that include Courage, Leadership, Endurance, Attitude and Respect. These are the five letters in the acronym Gabe uses to tell his story. It is an exciting project!

We’ll start with Courage.


What does courage mean to you? I liked this definition.

Courage does not always roar

What area of your life are you asking for more courage?

I hope you’ll let me know on my website (in the comments section below) so I can pray for you.

Let’s have a courageous week – seeking the courage to do the things we are called to do. The courage to start or to begin AGAIN…

Bless your courageous heart,




A New Blog Series – Courageous Conversations – Soon!

Hello friend!

I pray you are having a warm and sunny season filled with hope and love. I have been thoroughly enjoying our warm weather here in the Northwest. And I feel deeply loved with new hope in my heart.

Hope and Love WWF

I’ve been away from my blog for a bit.  I have fresh writing ideas every day but I just haven’t made it a priority to record them here. There are many reasons why but that doesn’t matter.

I know now that I am to write here again. I also know I am to finish another book.

I want to start some courageous conversations. Many things we discuss will be from the book I’ve been working on for the last ten years. Stories of HOPE from the journals of my life. Will you join in and share your story?

I’ve been doing much work on learning to be a better wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

A whole hearted Gigi. wholeheartedbadge

Not the Gigi who wears a smile when she is actually deeply sad. (Take off the mask, Gigi)

Not the Gigi who fears to be honest because I want you to like me. (You are enough, Gigi)

Not the Gigi who lives with shame and guilt. (God loves you always, Gigi)

In my research and study, I’ve devoured many books, spent hours in counseling and listened to more teaching CD’s than I can count. I could probably wallpaper my living room with the jackets of the CD’s I’ve heard.

Now it’s time to share what I’ve learned.

It is my hope that in sharing, I will grab your hand and take you along this journey with me to whole hearted living.

Recently I read three books written by Dr. Brene Brown. Daring Greatly Cover

Gifts of Imperfection CoverI’ve also listened to several of her audio CD’s and watched her TED Talks. If you don’t know her work, please check it out. It has been life changing for me.

In the next several months, I want to start some courageous conversations about all that I’ve come to know in the last several years.

I thought it was just me cover

I pray you will join in this courageous conversation. And together we can live the life God created us to live for such a time as this. I believe the world is waiting for us to be courageous.

So let’s have a courageous conversation.

Bless your courageous heart,